Opinion: A common cold

POSTED: 06/5/12 11:58 AM

Next time you catch a common cold – not unlikely with all those air conditioning systems blowing – don’t bother to rush to your doctor for antibiotics, because they don’t work.
General practitioners have a habit of prescribing antibiotics for a common cold, but medication does not speed up the process of recovery, a Dutch medical student concludes in his thesis. Recovery occurs within ten to fourteen days – with or without medication.
The student will get his doctorate on Thursday in Utrecht. In his thesis he notes that between 2000 and 2009 almost 60 percent of the general practitioners in the Netherlands prescribed antibiotics to patients with complaints about a cold. About thirty percent of the patients went home with a nose spray prescribed by their doctor.

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